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clear skies in kansas city and 60s. by friday, a slight chance of showers. >> perfect baseball weather. on our broadcast tonight, critical day in the ebola fight as dozens of people once at risk, many of them in quarantine, are now free and clear. and some say this could be a turning point. an urgent warning from the feds about defective air bags in millions of cars on the roads. it's a potentially fatal problem. eleven different automakers are on the list. center stage. monica lewinsky speaks publicly for the firsme in years tonight. why now, her message, and her mission. and making a difference. an update on one of our favorites. thousands of shelter dogs in need of families and the armies of volunteers to get them there. "nightly news" begins now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. good evening.
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>> this was actually a rare happy day in the so far short history of ebola in the united states. this was the day dozens of people were given the all-clear, including all of the people in the community quarantined after having contact with thomas duncan who later died of ebola. after 21 days, all of them have emerged symptom-free. after that initial burst of hysteria, we are hoping this might mean here in the u.s. at least that the ebola fever has broken. it's where we begin again tonight with nbc's kate snow at the hospital in dallas. kate, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. today the mayor called it a milestone day. officials here definitely breathing easier. of the 48 community members who came into contact with thomas eric duncan, 44 of them have now been told to go on with their lives. this as we heard from nurses for the first time who work at this hospital. late this afternoon dozens of nurses from texas health presbyterian with a strong defense of their embattled hospital.
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>> we're proud of our hospital. and we're proud of the work we do. and we're proud of our nursing staff. >> reporter: in dallas schools today, four of eight children who'd been staying home returned to class. >> they don't have the virus. they can't give the virus to anybody because they don't have it. >> it's understandable that there's a lot of people that are afraid. >> reporter: still judge clay jenkins is worried about the son of dink an's fiancee, who has yet to return to middle school. >> middle schoolers are some of the most ferocious and scary animals on the planet. and to be dropped into a pool of middle schoolers after all that he's been through, i need your help, parents. ♪ >> reporter: the pastor for duncan's fiancee says the family is looking forward to reconnecting with their community. members of the church made cards with heartfelt messages for them. >> they very much want to stay here in dallas. they would like to stay in the
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neighborhood. >> reporter: across texas 120 people are still being asked to monitor their temperatures, including 75 hospital workers who treated duncan who have also agreed not to travel or go out in public. a group of 25, mostly mothers, are sleeping at the hospital to avoid being around their children in case they develop ebola symptoms. in ohio at least 140 people who had direct or indirect contact with nurse amber vinson when she traveled there are also on a watch list. vinson's family released a statement defending her. suggestions that she ignored any of the physician and government-provided protocols recommended to her are patently untrue and hurtful. today an apology from texas officials. >> it caused a lot of overreaction. it was a mistake. and we apologize. >> reporter: vinson remains in stable condition at emory university hospital while her colleague, pham, is treated at the national institutes of health. pham's dog is still being monitored in dallas.
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the mayor said today the magic date here is november 7th, that's the date on which everyone who had contact with any of the ebola patients would be out of that 21-day window. meantime, late word tonight that the nbc freelance cameraman, ashoka mukpo, may be well enough to leave the hospital in nebraska later this week. brian? >> great news indeed. kate snow starting us off from the hospital in dallas. kate, thanks. the world health organization today declared nigeria free of ebola just days after announcing the same in senegal. but the news is much more dire in liberia, where it's ravaging parts of that country. this past weekend on "nightly news," we introduced you to an american who's looking out for the youngest victims of liberia's epidemic. and the outpouring of support she has received from our viewers is nothing short of remarkable. nbc's anne thompson has an update tonight. >> reporter: in liberia there is no end to ebola's grief.
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more than 4,200 cases and 2,500 deaths. too many of them children. too many witnessed by new jersey's katie mylar. >> there was a little boy charlie who i sat with who was dying, he was 8 years old, by himself, dying in the worst conditions you could possibly imagine. and in his voice and in his face, i think it's just hopelessness and fear. >> reporter: and she can't forget 11-year-old esther. >> her entire family was dead around her. can you imagine being an 11-year-old child and waking and you have your world change that way? >> reporter: for nine years she's worked to improve life in liberia. but ebola has closed the schools. so mylar has shifted her mission. >> we're prepared to fight with everything we have and more to make sure we combat this virus. >> reporter: personal protection gear, temperature monitoring and constant hand washing a must. and the school is now home to ebola's orphans, like this
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3-year-old who watched her mom die in an ambulance. >> basically quarantine these kids with disney movies and love and ice cream. >> reporter: when are you coming home? >> i am home. i'm home. home is where your heart is and my heart is right here. >> reporter: since we first told you about her efforts this weekend, your response has been phenomenal. more than $30,000 donated and hundreds of messages of support. one viewer said it best, the real meaning of a hero. today i reconnected with mylar via skype. what do you think of the response over here? >> i think it's beautiful. it makes me feel so supported, it makes my team feel supported. so thank you so much. i'll do cartwheels for you guys. >> reporter: an irrepressible american spirit, even ebola can't quash. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. and back in this country tonight, a big story of another kind that we're following, the
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feds issuing an urgent warning to millions of americans who drive cars with potentially defective air bags. the message, don't delay in getting them fixed. this warning involves big names like toyota, honda, bmw, ford, and gm. eleven automakers in all. our report tonight from nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: they are credited with saving more than 37,000 lives, but a serious defect with some air bags has the government urging car owners to get their cars fixed fast. the problem, the inflating device can explode in an accident, sending metal shrapnel flying. safety advocates say four people have been killed and dozens injured, including jennifer griffin, whose neck was slashed by shrapnel that cut through the air bag during a minor accident involving her honda civic. >> this is part of a broader recall. these air bags are defective. and anyone who has one of these vehicles is at risk in a crash. >> reporter: the defective part is made by tokyo-based takata corporation.
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so far 16 million vehicles have been recalled worldwide. the list covers hondas, toyotas, nissans, mazdas and gm cars dating back to 2002. and the national highway traffic safety administration is under fire for not ordering this air bag recall sooner. >> it needs to be the top on the corporate beat. and it's on a slow boat to china on too many of these issues. >> reporter: nhst insists it ordered a recall as soon as it had evidence suggesting it was a problem. takata said, our joint objective is to do all that is possible to maximize motor vehicle safety. toyota reiterated its recall notice. it's especially concerned because investigators believe the inflating device can rupture in hot, humid climates. so the government is ordering 5 million people from puerto rico to hawaii, not to delay getting
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this fixed. those drivers in humid conditions thought to be the most at risk. >> the entire list on our website. tom costello in our washington bureau tonight. tom, thanks. in northwest indiana police believe they may have a serial killer in custody. he is a convicted sex offender. investigators now believe he may be responsible for killing at least seven women. now they're combing through missing persons files to determine if there are even more victims perhaps. we get the story tonight from nbc's john yang. >> reporter: after darren deon van was arrested for strangling 19-year-old africa hardy in a hammond, indiana, motel, police say he led them on a series of grisly discoveries. >> the police caught what i would label a serial killer. >> reporter: the body of six other women found in five abandoned houses in nearby gary, indiana. then a convicted sex offender claims he has killed others over the past 20 years. three of the women were identified at i neat jones, 25, and christine williams, 36.
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police say they were prostitutes and all had been strangled. >> he preyed on individuals that might be less likely to be reported missing. >> reporter: gary, the once thriving steel mill city, there are now 10,000 abandoned buildings. today he was charged with hardy's murder. her mother spoke with us by phone. >> i want him to be prosecuted for each and every one of these girls. >> reporter: as police fear they could find even more bodies. john yang, nbc news, chicago. when last we spoke here friday night we had two menacing hurricanes on either side of this country. tonight, the weather threat is along the east coast from the mid-atlantic into the northeast where we're on the lookout for potential nor'easter spooling up to pass over a lot of population centers, bringing warnings of potential rain, high winds and beach erosion up and down the coast. meteorologist janice huff in the weather center for us tonight. janice, good evening. >> hi, brian. we are tracking the potential system as you mentioned it hasn't formed yet. but all this energy that's
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coming out of the ohio valley has the potential to develop here, right along the northeast coastline and bring that nor'easter to parts of new england. new york will see some of that action, but the majority will happen wednesday into thursday. geal gale force winds from boston to maine. two to three inches of rain and beach erosion possible with this storm system. we'll start to see things to get going in the next 24 hours, but really wednesday into thursday morning, new york city could get one to two inches of rain. and then from boston north starting on thursday going in across that area. we're also monitoring a system over the bay of campeche. for the next tropical storm possible, brian? >> janice huff in the weather center. janice, thanks. overseas, an update on the fight against isis. while the u.s.-led air campaign continues over kobani, it now includes air drops of supplies. all of it part of a stepped up campaign to save that syrian border town. we get our report tonight from our chief foreign correspondent, richard engel.
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>> reporter: the u.s. military is trying to save kobani and show it's serious about stopping isis. the military is now using c-130s to air-drop guns, ammunition and medical supplies. >> it would be irresponsible of us, as well as morally very difficult, to turn your back on community fighting isil as hard as it is. >> reporter: for over a month kobani has faced an onslaught by isis militants. at first u.s. officials weren't especially interested in saving the city, saying they had other priorities in the fight against isis. but the resilience of kobani defenders got the world's attention and shamed it into action. more than 140 u.s. air strikes there so far. kobani has become a test case. let it fall and isis wins. help kobani fight back and the
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world sees isis can be defeated. u.s. officials warn kobani still could fall. but they're banking on turning a potential tragedy into a very public isis defeat. richard engel, nbc news, istanbul. and still ahead on our monday broadcast, the names we -- the name first heard in the '90s. monica lewinsky taking the stage, speaking to a live audience for the first time in years. why she says this is the time to speak out. and later, thousands of very good dogs in need of new families. and pilots who are making a difference by helping them reach their new homes.
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there was that photo spread and accompanying interview in vanity fair awhile back, but other than that monica lewinsky has largely opted to live out her private life in private. we are not used to seeing and hearing her speak, so when she did this morning in philadelphia it drew the attention you would expect. nbc's andrea mitchell has the story. >> my name is monica lewinsky. though i have often been advised to change it. >> reporter: sixteen years after the impeachment scandal, as hillary clinton decides whether to run, monica lewinsky gave her first public speech, explaining herself to an audience of millennials who know her mostly from rap lyrics. >> thank you, beyonce and eminem, and nicki minaj.
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>> reporter: she's now 41. so who was monica? >> a 22-year-old intern in the white house. and more than averagely romantic. i fell in love with my boss in a 22-year-old sort of way. it happens. >> reporter: calling herself the first victim of cyber bullying, before google, before twitter, facebook, instagram and snap chat, lewinsky described how her affair with the president was exposed on a then fledgling website, the drudge report. >> overnight i went from being a completely private figure to a publicly humiliated one. i was patient zero. >> reporter: lewinsky gave her first interview in years to vanity fair in may and spoke to national geographic this summer. why go public again? she says, to campaign against cyber bullying. but the timing couldn't be worse for bill and hillary clinton.
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>> i think no one is probably sorrier to hear monica lewinsky's name raised again than hillary clinton. an extraordinarily painful period of her life. one she's moved on from. >> reporter: bill clinton is now the most popular democratic surrogate on the campaign trail, as memories of the lewinsky affair have faded, at least until now. andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. and we're back in a moment with what we've learned about an incredible rescue caught on video and the search tonight to identify the man who saved a life.
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a fully involved house fire
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a fully involved house fire in fresno, california. witnesses saw a woman run out of the house with her baby grandson, but her father didn't follow them out and was still inside attached to the oxygen tank he depends on to breathe. equipment had yet to arrive on the scene when a good samaritan braved the flames and smoke and rescued the man in a modified fireman's carry. tonight, they are looking for
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that man to thank him because following the rescue he disappeared back into the crowd. supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg who for a long time was the only woman on the supreme court, says she's often asked how many female justices would be enough on the supreme court. she told nina totenberg of npr, when all nine justices are women, that would be enough. she added, "for most of the country's history there were nine and they were all men. nobody thought that was strange." she says she was lonely after sandra day o'connor left her side on the bench, adding, no one wants to be a curiosity. football fans alive today will be able to say they lived in the time of peyton manning. this is what it looked like last night when he surpassed bret favre to break the record for career touchdown passes. >> and manning guns it. and it is -- we're waiting -- touchdown! >> wait no more. al michaels with the call that
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was number 509. play was stopped for a manning tribute, appropriately. he threw four touchdown passes last night, ended the evening at 510. said he was honored and humbled by the record. when we come back, the incredible number of dogs our viewers helped to save since we first reported on a kind of airborne rescue effort.
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"making a difference," brought to you by cvs health, because health is everything. all this week here we are revisiting some of our favorite making a difference reports, some of the more popular people and causes and the stories that resonated with our viewers, the stories that prompted people at home to step up and help. so we're calling it for good reason, you made a difference. and tonight we go back and check on a kind of air rescue network that's bridging the miles between people and their faithful companions. our report tonight from nbc's kevin tibbles. >> reporter: it is an air lift like no other, where passengers pass on the peanuts and pretzels. much more content with a hug and a handful of kibble. >> pilots and paws has flown
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squif -- 65 to 70,000 animals in just six years. >> reporter: 70,000? >> yes. >> reporter: that is more than 70,000 saved lives. is this his first flight? >> this is his first flight. >> reporter: because pilots and paws is an airborne rescue mission. spiriting homeless dogs from traditional kill shelters where they quite likely would have been euthanized, and flying them to new permanent loving homes. all arranged by volunteers like david crouch. >> it's great seeing the wagging tails when you get off the plane. maybe they're going to a home, to a shelter. >> reporter: when we first hitched a ride with pilots and paws in 2008, there was a handful of pilots. today that number is up to 4,000. on this fall morning, 70 planes all rendezvous in greenville, south carolina, for a four-legged liberation. jeff bennett has been flying for pilots and paws from the beginning. >> my total right now is up to 2,647 dogs.
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>> reporter: and with paws back on terra firmer. the fun begins. >> take one home. >> reporter: choosing a puppy and haggling over a name. >> it will probably have ten names before they actually get a name for it. >> if anybody has any inkling of what rescue is about, they need to come and see an arrival to know that overwhelming feeling. >> reporter: nothing touches the human heart like the playful wag of a tail and a furry kiss from a new best friend. kevin tibbles, nbc news, asheville, north carolina. and we are always looking for people who are making a difference. you can nominate someone in your community, share their story with us on our website. then perhaps see it here on our broadcast. for now for us that's our broadcast on a monday night. as we start off a new week, thank you for being here with us. i'm brian williams. we, of course, hope to see you right back here tomorrow evening. goodnight.
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good evening. thachings for joining us on this monday. >> storms pushing unusual weather into our area to start out the week. rare sight, rain and big waves making it tough going out there for surfers. nbc bay area's michelle roberts has the warning at the beaches. we begin with chief meteorologist jeff ranieri, tracking these storms. >> in our time lapse network you can see this morning a mix of sun and clouds. as we hit 11:00 we did get quite a bit of rainfall throughout downtown san francisco.
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and of course those gray skies. you'll also be able to see by afternoon blue sky then clouds came back. how much rainfall about this mean? we did the best across parts of redwood shores to king's mountain, .03 to .1 inches. trace amounts toward portola valley and menlo park. tonight we still have upper-level energy in place with this trough of low pressure. i think mostly it will mean an isolated chance of showers as we head throughout the evening hours. there is a side effect not only from the storm system we're following but from a larger storm offshore and that is very high waves. you can see the buoy reports with 13-foot waves that have been reported in the past half hour throughout our coastline. and also some very dangerous rip currents. mainly those waves getting sparked off by this much larger storm offshore. coming up we'll have details on when this storm arrives and how much rain it could bring in about 15 minutes. that pacific storm in the

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